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RV Daily Tips. Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Issue 1867
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, product reviews and more. Thanks for joining us. Please tell your friends about us.

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Today’s thought

“A person was like a city. You couldn’t let a few less desirable parts put you off the whole. There may be bits you don’t like, a few dodgy side streets and suburbs, but the good stuff makes it worthwhile.” ―Matt Haig


Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Wyoming Day!

On this day in history: 1935 – The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.



Tip of the Day

A simple fix for a toilet bowl that’s not holding water

By Nanci Dixon
Our toilet bowl is not holding water and we need a simple fix. Everywhere we researched said we needed a new toilet bowl seal. Unfortunately, that meant completely removing the toilet to replace it. Even worse, every RV tech we talked to said “Nope,” they “don’t do toilets.”

No toilets in stock

Even Tiffin won’t replace seals, they replace the whole toilet. The smell was so bad in our RV’s toilet that we considered replacing the whole thing like they were suggesting, but just like so many other supply chain problems, there weren’t any toilets in stock to do so.

Continue reading


Today’s RV review…

Dutchmen Kodiak Cub 177RB, a no-slide mighty mini

Tony writes, “My own experience with Dutchmen products, in general, has been very positive. This trailer offers a lot of usability in a small package, so it may be a great choice for some travelers.”

Click here

For previous RV reviewsclick here.



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Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook” as well as the Managing Editor of the RV Repair Club.

Why does my RV’s electric awning retract only intermittently?

Dear Dave,
When I try to roll up the awning at the side of the coach, it rolls about half-way and then stops. It acts like it doesn’t have enough charge in the battery, but it is full. I’ll wait about 5 minutes and then it may finish rolling up. It will eventually roll all the way up. When rolling it out, there is no problem; only when going in. There are two 6-V Trojan batteries, 3 years old, with 13.6 volt charge; plugged into shore power. The water level is OK. —Ernie, 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bay

Read Dave’s answer



Avoid trips to the store – Regrow veggies in your RV from scraps!

Stop going to the grocery store so often to buy fresh produce! You can easily regrow veggies from scraps. Nope, it’s not science fiction. This is real. Real food that you can grow for free! In an RV! What could be better? You just need to rethink typical food scraps… Continue reading, then start regrowing some veggies!


Reader poll

Which TOP TWO of these amenities do you prefer most at an RV park?

Tell us here


Quick Tip

Motorhoming: To toad or not to toad

Our first year RVing, we drove our 1994 Class C motorhome to 48 states without a tow vehicle. This meant Heath drove our rig through cities like Austin, Los Angeles, New York City, Cleveland, San Francisco, and many others.

What we liked about NOT having a tow car: We saved a couple thousand dollars by not having to buy a tow package or tow dolly. Driving without a tow car was one less stress factor as a new RVer. We saved a few minutes of time when leaving campgrounds and arriving by not having to hook up a tow car. Better gas mileage. The ability to visit more places. For example, if we towed a car, we wouldn’t have been able to take the Pacific Coast Highway all the way from LA to Portland because of the 30-foot limit.

The downside of not towing a car: If we wanted to visit major cities, we had to drive our RV into downtown areas. Trying to find a 29-foot parking spot was always stressful. Our RV was our only vehicle for errands. If we wanted to make a quick run to the grocery store, we had to pack everything up and move.

From “A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America.” (Updated 2020.) Available on Amazon.



NEW! On this day last year…


Website of the day

10 common travel scams, and how to protect yourself when traveling
Not all of these apply directly to RVers (you probably don’t take taxis too often), but they’re still really good to know about and keep in the back of your mind. We do NOT want you getting scammed, and scammers are getting very sneaky these days!


?????? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??????
You can absolutely buy this. No, really, you CAN buy this! Don’t believe us? Well, just POP on over here and realize you CAN buy it!


And the Survey Says…

We’ve polled RVtravel.com readers more than 1,500 times in recent years. Here are a few things we’ve learned about them:

• 28 percent have flown in a hot air balloon at least one time.
• 22 percent say that urban/city roads are their least favorite kind of roads to drive on.
• 16 percent do not have children.

Recent poll: Have you ever met a celebrity or other well-known public figure on an RV trip? (The comments are fun to read!)


Recipe of the Day

Easy Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
by Annelise Friedman from Las Vegas, NV

Crock Pot recipes should be dump and go, and that’s exactly what this macaroni and cheese recipe is. No need to pre-boil the pasta. The noodles absorb the evaporated milk and cheddar soup. The end product is creamy, cheesy, and smooth. A great recipe to bring to potlucks or if you want an easy side dish.

Click here for the recipe


Trivia

No matter what you call “soda” “pop” “soda pop” or “cola” it all falls under the “soft drink” category. But what makes it “soft”? Well, “hard” drinks refer to alcohol, even centuries before “soda” or “pop” was invented. The term “soft drinks” was said in contrast to hard drinks to indicate that they had no alcohol in them. After the 17th century when the carbonated beverage industry needed a blanket term that would apply to all soft drinks, no matter the regional slang, they adopted “soft drink” to serve as an umbrella term. This is why other beverages like juices and teas, even though they’re non-alcoholic, aren’t called “soft drinks.”

*Why does milk look so… perfect in cereal commercials? Well, the part of the cereal industry has a trick up its sleeve! Read about it in yesterday’s trivia


Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Sophie the French Bulldog loves the view. Plus we get many smiles and waves.” —Mike Daw

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Saturday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!


Helpful book for camping areas managed by the National Park Service
This recently published book from The Ultimate Public Campground Project describes 2,241 camping areas across the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. If you’re looking for new places to camp, this is the book for you. The project has been growing since 2008 and now has a website and an app too. Learn more or order.


Leave here with a laugh

(But if sooo many of us have that talent, is it really so “special”? Just sayin’.)


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jillie
1 month ago

From laugh of the day reminds me of a song…..smoke gets in your eyes….

DPHooper
1 month ago

Once again the pet of the day shows a beloved pet riding on the dash totally unsecured. I assume this is the case since the photo shows the pet and rv on a road.
How are you going to feel if your beloved pet is killed , thrown from the rv lost, scared, injured in the event of an accident?
Do you and family ride unsecured?

Debby
1 month ago
Reply to  DPHooper

I totally agree!!! RVTravel needs to stop promoting this deadly practice!!! My dog rides safely in her secured crate, or wearing a dog seat belt harness (not just a harness but a safety tested one). Anyone who drives with their dog on their lap or on their dashboard could end up with a dead dog.

jillie
1 month ago
Reply to  DPHooper

Ours use to wear pet safe harnesses that buckle with the seatbelt. I gave that up when we had four dogs. My car that tows has what I called surround sound air bags. Meaning if the car is in an accident I swear all the bags will inflate. Hence bouncy car. Just kidding. But seriously I agree pets need to be secure because from what I have read pets are the number one reason an accident can go so wrong if not secured. I remember reading a woman would have been fine if her dog had not hit the windshield. Nuff said. Keep pets secure. IMO not yours

Lil John
1 month ago

Your “Laugh of the Day” is SO true! I’ve always wondered though. The saying is “smoke follows beauty”. My face would scare the headless horseman, so why does the smoke still do that to me? Just saying! 🙂

Tim Slack
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

My theory is – if you sit facing into the breeze, you will of course get smoke in your face. But if you sit upwind from the fire, your body creates a wind block (and therefore a vacuum) which draws the smoke back toward you. Sitting to either side of the existing breeze usually is less smoke … until the wind direction changes & you’re either up- or downwind again – in which case, see above.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

Hi, Lil John. But I’m sure you’ve heard the rest of the saying: “Smoke follows beauty. Beauty was a horse.” So, that would explain it. 😆 Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Lil John
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

So that’s it!! Thanks? for the clarification Diane! 🙂

Admin
RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Lil John

I’m sure you’ve heard of that before, Lil John, but thanks for playing along. 😆 Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Phil
1 month ago

Regarding the article about traveling in your motorhome without a toad. We have successfully traveled the country for nine years in our 29 ft motorhome without a tow vehicle. We use electric bikes for close by shopping, Uber when bikes are not practical, and Enterprise for city tourist activities. We save money beyond the obvious equipment and gas, the lack of daily easy transportation prohibits those costly restaurant trips.

Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil

Same here, we used Enterprise

Morrie Estrada
1 month ago
Reply to  Phil

We don’t camp in the city.

Dane Smith
1 month ago

Leave here with a laugh ” that’s me for sure ” LOL

Janet Herrell
1 month ago

There is nothing in my phone important enough for me to get into a pit toilet for……..

Pat
1 month ago
Reply to  Janet Herrell

Who’d want to use it after anyway?